Azcuna elected first Filipino ICJ commissioner

MANILA — Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolf Azcuna was elected as one of the five new commissioners of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the first Filipino elected to the post, Malacañang announced on Saturday.

“With great pride, we announce the election of Justice Adolf Azcuna as one of the five new commissioners of the International Commission of Jurists,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

“We offer our warmest congratulations to Justice Azcuna, who is a shining example of Filipino excellence in the field of law,” he said.

The ICJ, composed of 60 eminent judges and lawyers from all regions of the world, “promotes and protects human rights through the rule of law.”

Azcuna had served as chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy since 2009 and was Supreme Court associate justice from 2002 to 2009.

“He brings his wealth of experience and wisdom to the ICJ. We are confident that ICJ will benefit from his long years as a jurist and as a trainor of judges,” Lacierda said.

Justice Azcuna will serve a five-year term as commissioner commencing from August 12, 2014.